From the Revd Liam Beadle
Sir, - A friend of mine attended the cathedral eucharist for Ash
Wednesday at St Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore. He drew my attention
to a line included in a modernised form of the commination:
"Adulterers, homosexuals and fornicators and all unclean persons,
God shall judge."
It is hard to see how such language can be anything other than
homophobic. Many Christians who experience same-sex attraction are
happy to regard themselves as gay or homosexual, among them some
who are conservative and traditional. Wesley Hill, an Evangelical
New Testament scholar who has written a helpful book from a
conservative perspective, Washed and Waiting, is an
To be in communion with those who seem to regard even the
homosexual condition as a cause of scandal undermines the efforts
of Anglicans in England and elsewhere, whether conservative or
liberal, to minister to gay and lesbian people with compassion. It
frustrates our evangelism. It weakens the ties between the
provinces of the Communion.
Perhaps, in the light of this hurtful liturgical eccentricity,
GAFCON leaders could be asked to clarify their own position, and
the diocese of Singapore could be asked to apologise to gay and
lesbian Anglicans, and to those who seek to minister to them.
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